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South Arts offers grant programs for nonprofit performing and literary arts presenting organizations. 
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Launchpad (NEW PROGRAM)

Are you new to the presenting profession?  Launchpad is designed to provide a year-long support system to professionals who are new to the performing arts presenting field in our nine-state region. This new program offers professional development, mentorship, and a travel subsidy for participation at the 2016 Performing Arts Exchange in Orlando, FL.  In addition, there is an opportunity to receive funding to join your statewide presenters’ network and to support artist fees for presenting one of our 2016 showcase artists.
Extended Deadline: February 8, 2016

Traditional Arts Touring (NEW PROGRAM)

This pilot Traditional Arts Program works to increase the public awareness and appreciation of the traditional arts in the South.
Deadline: Rolling through May 18, 2016

Regional Touring:  Performing Arts

Regional Touring Block-Booked Tours encourage teams of three or more presenters in two or more South Arts states to block-book performing artists and ensembles (theatre, music, opera, musical theatre and dance). Eligible tours must include publicly accessible performances and educational activities.
Deadline: March 1, 2016 (NEW DEADLINE)

Regional Touring grants support performing arts presenting organizations for engagements by guest artists (theatre, music, opera, musical theatre and dance) from outside of the presenter’s state. The project must include publicly accessible performances and educational activities that provide opportunities for people to participate in the arts.
Deadline: March 8, 2016 (NEW DEADLINE)

Literary Arts

Literary Arts Touring grants support literary arts presenting organizations for engagements by guest writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry) from outside the presenter’s state. These touring funds support publicly accessible readings and educational activities that provide opportunities for people to participate in the arts.
Deadline: May 2, 2016 

Presenter Assistance

Planning and Travel Grants: To strengthen program design and organizational capacity for presenters, funding of up to $700 will support Planning Grants for artist residencies and Travel Grants for professional development.  These grants are intended for traveling to see work; participating in a significant professional development opportunity; and hosting an artistic director planning visit.  Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. 
Deadline: Year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities. 

Launchpad: This new program offers professional development, mentorship, and a travel subsidy for participation at the 2016 Performing Arts Exchange in Orlando, FL.  In addition, there is an opportunity to receive funding to join your statewide presenters’ network and to support artist fees for presenting one of our 2016 showcase artists.
Deadline: February 1, 2016

Special Initiatives

Occasionally, South Arts offers special initiatives for arts presenters in its region.  Our most recent effort was the Dance Touring Initiative, a three-year project to enhance the presentation of modern dance and contemporary ballet for presenters and audiences. The application deadline has passed; however, please check back in the future for additional opportunities.